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New low for Road Deaths Welcomed

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The latest road casualty figures have been welcomed as an all-time low by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists), the UK’s leading road safety charity.

DfT (Department for Transport) statistics released this week (25 September 2008) confirm road deaths in 2007 fell to 2,946, a reduction of seven per cent on the previous year. Serious injuries fell to 27,774 - down three per cent - and slight injuries were 217, 060 a four per cent reduction.

"This new low for road traffic deaths should be acknowledged and, while there is no room for complacency, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the success to date. Dropping below 3,000 deaths is a positive milestone," said IAM Trust Director Neil Greig.

"The figures are not all good news though: motorcyclists still feature highly in the vulnerable road user stats – they are the single highest group. It is motorcyclists
who are most likely to be killed or seriously injured on the road."

"And roughly forty per cent of the people killed or seriously injured are car occupants. The vast majority of those car crashes need never happen - more than 90 per cent are as a direct result of driver error," said Mr Greig.

Young drivers, older drivers and those driving for business are important areas for development for the IAM and its mission - driving road safety.

"It's too easy with statistics to forget the individuals that lie behind the numbers," said Mr Greig.

"Every one of those road deaths in 2007 was a particular tragedy – with lives ruined and families grieving."

"The IAM will continue its work, improving riding and driving skills to reduce the numbers of crashes on our roads, and lobbying for further improvements in the crucial work around safer drivers, safer cars and safer roads."